Intel '3D Xpoint' Optane SSD DC 4800X Launched; Merges RAM and Storage

Intel '3D Xpoint' Optane SSD DC 4800X Launched; Merges RAM and Storage

The P4800X then is the coming together of the best bits of these technologies built on the back of Intel and Micron's 3D XPoint technology which was announced back in 2015.

Intel will also DRAM modules along with the SSD from the year 2018.

Intel's first 3D XPoint product, the Optane DC P4800X SSD, is aimed at the data centre, with the firm claiming that it fills a gap created by costly DRAM and lacking NAND performance.

Meanwhile, Micron is targeting its SSDs based on Xpoint technology at cloud applications, data analytics, online transaction processing and the Internet of Things.

3D XPoint's latency is still 10 times that of DRAM, but for many applications this is more than offset by the fact that the memory is far denser and cheaper, and (like NAND, but unlike DRAM) retains its data when power is lost.

Interestingly, the SSD can be configured to appear to an operating system as DRAM - in other words, a massive cache memory.

For more information on the new Intel Optane P4800X storage jump over to the offiical Intel website for details by following the link below.

What's more, the company says that it will allow for 2GB/s random read and write speeds, and terms of pure throughput, Intel says the drive is roughly three times as fast as its DC P3700 drive - an NVMe drive capable of delivering 2,800MB/s sequential read and 2,000MB/s sequential write speeds. Moreover, a 1.5 TB PCI-E card - along with 750 GB and 1.5 TB U.2 sticks will reach the market in H2 2017.

The first model, with capacity of 375GB, is shipping immediately to early customers. The technical details the company shared, along with the comparisons with its own well-established DC3700 SSDs suggest that Optane offers notable advantages in price/performance that will attract enterprise buyers. It often refers to Optane as "a storage solution that behaves like system memory".

Intel has unveiled a fast and responsive solid state drive for data centers. Those points aside, Intel deserves kudos for what it has achieved to date, and the benefit of the doubt that it will succeed in its plans to deliver robust, competitively-priced Optane solutions to market.